08. August 2017 · Comments Off on EuroHockey Men’s Championship II 2017 · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men

The second level nations championship was played at Glasgow Green from 6-12th August, with twenty matches played over the week. The biggest prize of the tournament wasn’t the trophy, it was the two promotion places to the top level championship in 2019 which the finalists would earn.

The opening group stages saw Wales and Scotland finish on top, and it was these teams who went on to win their semi-finals and win the promotion places. The third place match was won by France, beating Russia 5-4, before Scotland produced a late comeback in the final to beat the Welsh 2-1 and be crowned champions.

final Scotland v Wales – 12 August 2017
3rd/4th France v Russia – 12 August 2017
semi-final Scotland v Russia – 11 August 2017
semi-final Wales v France – 11 August 2017
Czech Republic v Portugal – 12 August 2017
Ukraine v Switzerland – 12 August 2017
Ukraine v Czech Republic – 11 August 2017
Portugal v Switzerland – 11 August 2017
Scotland v Ukraine – 9 August 2017
France v Portugal – 9 August 2017
Switzerland v Czech Republic – 9 August 2017
Russia v Wales – 9 August 2017
Scotland v Portugal – 8 August 2017
Ukraine v France – 8 August 2017
Czech Republic v Russia – 7 August 2017
Switzerland v Wales – 7 August 2017
Russia v Switzerland – 6 August 2017
Czech Republic v Wales – 6 August 2017
Ukraine v Portugal – 6 August 2017
France v Scotland – 6 August 2017

31. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v France · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women

Scotland women will be playing in the European Championships in Amsterdam on 18-27th August. Their final preparation test matches at Glasgow Green were played over the weekend of 28 to 31 July against a France team who had several youngsters in the squad.

I was at game one on Friday night and game three on Monday morning. France opened the scoring early in the first game, but that was their only goal of the weekend while Scotland scored four in each game to win the series comfortably.

photos – Scotland v France

22. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v Russia · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women

In the run up to the European Championships in Amsterdam in August, Scotland women played a series of three informal games against Russia over the weekend 20-23rd July. I made it to two of the games.

On the Thursday night at Titwood the Scots built an early two goal lead only to have the game drift away from them. The Russians won 4-2. Saturday at Glasgow Green followed a similar pattern. Scotland opened the scoring but went on to lose 2-1.

photos – Scotland v Russia

10. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland LX v England LX Red – over 60 men · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The European Grand Masters veterans hockey tournament is being played in Glasgow next month. As a warm up we had an over 60s game between Scotland LX and England LX Red at Glasgow Green on 8th July. This was all good fun and saw the English win 6-1. Looking forward to the tournament now.

photos – Scotland LX v England LX Red

10. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland under 16 & under 18 girls v Ireland · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The Irish under 16 and under 18 girls came across for a series of three games each against Scotland at Glasgow Green on 7-9th July. I was at the first two games of each series.

The Irish under 16s started their first game well and led 1-0 at half time. However they succumbed to a Scottish comeback and lost 2-1. The second game finished at 0-0.

The under 18 games weren’t so close. The visitors won game one by a comfortable 3-0 and after losing a first minute goal in the second game they went on to win 3-1.

The Sunday games, which i missed, went to form with wins for Scotland under 16s and Ireland under 18s.

photos – Scotland under 16 girls v Ireland
photos – Scotland under 18 girls v Ireland

06. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland under 21 v Wales · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

With a European tournament coming up in Prague next week the Under 21 ladies team played warm up games against a Welsh under 23 development side at Glasgow Green on the 3, 5 & 6th July.
I missed the first game but was there to see the Scots win game two by 3-1 before the Welsh put together a better performance and won the final game by the same scoreline.
Photos – Scotland under 21 v Wales

28. June 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland u16 boys v Ulster · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The under 16 boys played a three game series against their counterparts from Ulster at Glasgow Green over the weekend of 23-25th March. I made it along to the Friday night game.

The Scottish boys proved to be a much stronger team in this game. They produced a dominant performance and strolled to a 10-0 win.

photos – Scotland u16 boys v Ulster

27. May 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v Wales · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

To start a busy summer international season with two major tournaments, Scotland women played Wales in a three match series at Glasgow Green over the May 26-29th weekend.

Wales started the first game brightly, had the majority of play and despite a late scare came through to win 2-1. Scotland came back with a stronger performance in game two but they still came up short as Wales won by the only goal of the game. The final game saw Scotland’s best performance. However they still let an early lead slip and then lost to a late Welsh winner.

These were good performances by the Welsh girl. They must be delighted with their performance and they’re certainly a team to watch in future. meantime, it’s not time to not panic about the Scotalnd performances. I didn’t think the strongest team was played in any of these games. Lots to think about and work on though.

photos – Scotland v Wales

12. May 2017 · Comments Off on Division 1 Hockey Play-offs · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The final weekend of the club hockey season featured play-offs, for places in European competitions for the top teams and for the last places in Division 1 next season for the bottom teams. On Saturday 6th May I was at Old Annisland to see two games.

Hillhead men who finished 7th in the first division played Inverleith, the Division 2 runners up. Hillhead took an early lead but had to fight to hold on for a 4-3 win against a strong comeback from Inverleith. The Edinburgh side took their second chance the next day when they beat Watsonians for the last slot in the top division.

photos – Hillhead v Inverleith

The second game was Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill, the second and third finishers in Women’s Division 1. This was a close game throughout and it seemed like it was likely to go to a shoot-out until a late Western goal gave them a 2-1 win and a place in the final against Edinburgh University the next day.

photos – Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill

01. May 2017 · Comments Off on Women’s Scottish Cup Finals · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

It was the Women’s turn for Cup Final day on 30th April at Glasgow Green.

The first game saw Glasgow success as the Academicals ladies were winners by 2-1 over Granite City Wanderers 2s by 2-1
photos – District Plate Final – Granite City Wanderers 2’s v Glasgow Academicals

There were no local teams, but definitely¬† a local rivalry in the District Cup final as both teams had made the long journey from the Northern Isles. Orkney’s experience in having played in finals in recent years showed as they were 3-0 victors over Shetland.
photos – District Cup Final – Orkney Ladies 1’s v Shetland Ladies 1’s

It’s been a long season for CALA Edinburgh who lost every game of their league campaign and were relegated. They now have some consolation after winning the Plate final by 4-0 over Glasgow University.
photos – Scottish Plate Final – Glasgow University v CALA Edinburgh

Edinburgh University completed the league and cup double in the last game of the weekend. Clydesdale Western opened the scoring but Uni replied with two of their own and then comfortably held off their rivals to win the cup for the second year running.
photos – Scottish Cup Final – Clydesdale Western v Edinburgh University